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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Trades (Level 2)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 semester
Start date: 21-July-2020
Rotokauri Campus
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Course details


This programme has been designed for 16 -19 years old looking for a future in practical, hands-on work and an outside office.

My Career Pathway is a six month programme that will help students learn the practical skills, life skills and confidence they need to continue training at Wintec or in the workplace through apprenticeships.

For the first two weeks, students will complete an introduction programme which will give them the chance to try out the pathways (Manufacturing and Technology; Construction and Infrastructure) through a series of taster workshops. At the end of the introduction students will be able to choose which pathway suits them best.

Students can choose one of two strands:

  • Manufacturing & Technology: Automotive, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering; or
  • Construction and Infrastructure: Building, Plumbing and Gas Fitting, Electrical Engineering

Whatever pathway they choose, students will be taught in a fun, interactive way with a focus on getting out there and ‘just doing it’. We build lessons in maths and literacy right into the practical work, using real situations to teach. Students will also work on a community project together.

What you will achieve

In just six months students will learn core skills and capabilities such as self-confidence, trades skills and knowledge, literacy and numeracy and also gain:

  • Certificate in Foundation Skills level 2, and
  • Credits in a vocational pathway, and
  • A further 20 credits which will count towards the NCEA level 2 qualification

Hands-on, project-based learning

With My Career Pathway learning is fun and interactive, with a focus on getting out there and ‘doing it’. Students will get to work on real projects (have a look at some examples here) that will help them gain the skills needed in their chosen pathway.

Even learning maths and literacy is hands-on because we build lessons right into the practical work - using real situations to teach.

Students work with their class to identify a suitable community and its needs, then with support from the tutor, the class will develop, create and deliver a project that will meet the needs of that community.

Once the class has completed the project, the final outcome will then be donated to the designated community it was designed for.

Entry criteria

There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.


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